31-Day Movie Meme. In 1 Day.

This is a Meme that has been doing the movie blog rounds. Okay, it’s supposed to be drawn out over 31 days but, partially because I don’t have the time and partially because I’m like a kid on Christmas morning who wants to open all his presents right now, I’m going to do this in one swoop. Join in!

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DAY 1: A SEQUEL THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN MADE

Saw II.

That, and every subsequent Saw movie. The first one was clever, chilling and well executed. The rest have been a steady plopping of tedious, repetitive turds.

DAY 2: A MOVIE MORE PEOPLE SHOULD SEE

The Corporation.

Everyone should see it. A documentary scarier than any horror movie.

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DAY 3: FAVOURITE OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE FROM THE MOST RECENT BALLOT

Up in the Air.

One of the best movies of the year.

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DAY 4: A MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH EVERY TIME

Withnail and I.

“We’ve gone on holiday by mistake.”

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DAY 5: A MOVIE THAT YOU LOATHE

Van Helsing.

A travesty. Stephen Sommers manages to piss on every classic Universal monster in one movie. Not even Kate Beckinsale in tight leather can save this abomination.

DAY 6: A MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU CRY EVERY TIME

V For Vendetta.

Valerie’s story, written for Natalie Portman to find in her cell, gets me every time.

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DAY 7: LEAST FAVOURITE MOVIE BY A FAVOURITE ACTOR

America’s Sweethearts.

What was John Cusack thinking?

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DAY 8: A MOVIE THAT SHOULD BE REQUIRED HIGH SCHOOL VIEWING

Battle Royale.

This is what we have in mind for you, you little bastards.

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DAY 9: BEST SCENE EVER

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

:-P The opening scene. Spiders, Golden idol, rolling boulder, Alfred Molina and Spielberg doing what he does best.


DAY 10: A MOVIE YOU NEVER EXPECTED TO LIKE BUT LOVED

Sherlock Holmes. I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan so I was sceptical about Downey Jr. (who looks nothing like the character) and Guy Ritchie (who hadn’t made a movie I liked until this) doing a decent job of this. Kudos to them for making it work and capturing the spirit of stories.

DAY 11: A MOVIE THAT DISAPPOINTED YOU

The Expendables.

Big disappointment, and I wasn’t even expecting that much. Jeez.

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DAY 12: BEST SOUNDTRACK/BACKGROUND MUSIC IN A SCENE

Kick-Ass.

The Banana Splits theme (Tra La La song) playing while 10 year-old Hit Girl slices up a roomful of bad guys. Laughed my ass off!

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DAY 13: FAVOURITE ANIMATED MOVIE

Ratatouille.

I never imagined a story about a rat who loves cooking could be so utterly enjoyable.

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DAY 14: FAVOURITE FILM IN BLACK AND WHITE

Goodnight and Good Luck.

Clooney’s second movie looked to the past to comment on the present. Brilliant.

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DAY 15: BEST MUSICAL

Once.

Not sure if it really qualifies as a musical or not. But I loved it.

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DAY 16: YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE MOVIE

Charlie’s Angels.

Shut up.

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DAY 17: FAVOURITE SERIES OF RELATED MOVIES

The Bourne trilogy.

The only franchise that gets better with each movie.

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DAY 18: FAVOURITE TITLE SEQUENCE

Se7en.

See my last post for more details.

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DAY 19: BEST MOVIE CAST

Wonder Boys.

Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr. and Frances McDormand for a start. Yum.

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DAY 20: FAVOURITE KISS

Spider-man.

The upside-down kiss in the rain. Makes me want to pull on my tight spandex.

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DAY 21: FAVOURITE ROMANTIC COUPLE

The Fisher King.

Robin Williams and Amanda Plummer. Awwww.

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DAY 22: FAVOURITE FINAL SCENE/LINE

The Godfather: Part III.

Michael Corleone dies alone and tortured by the life he royally screwed up.

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DAY 23: BEST EXPLOSION/ACTION SEQUENCE

The Matrix.

The lobby shoot-out scene, which probably would have been three minutes shorter in normal speed.

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DAY 24: QUOTE YOU USE MOST OFTEN

The Big Lebowski.

“Lotta strands in ol’ duder’s head.”

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DAY 25: A MOVIE YOU PLAN ON WATCHING

Inception.

Still haven’t seen it and it’s getting harder and harder to avoid the spoilers.

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DAY 26: FREAKISHLY WEIRD MOVIE ENDING

Memento.

The ending is at the beginning. But…but…but….

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DAY 27: BEST VILLAIN

The Joker.

Heath Ledger nails the iconic character.  And, no, it’s not a sympathy vote.

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DAY 28: MOST OVER-HYPED MOVIE

Avatar.

Dances with Pixels. In 3D. Yay.

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DAY 29: MOVIE YOU HAVE WATCHED MORE THAN TEN TIMES

Jaws.

Never gets boring. Never. Not ever. And never will. Amen.

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DAY 30: SADDEST DEATH SCENE

Million Dollar Baby.

So utterly, uncompromisingly sad that even Clint Eastwood cries. I don’t stand a chance.

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DAY 31: SCENE THAT MADE YOU STAND UP AND CHEER

The Contender.

Joan Allen’s courageous Senator Hanson finally sticks it to Republican puritan Shelley Runyon (Gary Oldman) and becomes Vice President. Yay!



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  1. Castor

    Awesome 31-day movie meme :) I haven’t seen The Corporation but will add it to my netflix. Battle Royale! I wish I had thought of this first ahah. Glad you liked Sherlock Holmes, it was solid.

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  2. rtm

    I’m glad you decide to do this too, Richard, I should’ve done it all in one day too, come to think of it :)

    I’m with you on Day 11 and 17! And Raiders is just a boatload of fun, and that first scene is awesome. The Joker came close as best villain, but I have a soft spot for Castor Troy :)

    I didn’t do the very last meme, but the scene that made me stand up and cheer was towards the end of Clear and Present Danger, when Jack Ryan came to the oval office and told the big guy: “I’m sorry, Mr. President, I don’t dance.” You go Harrison!

    Even just hearing the sound clip here I wanted to clap :D http://www.entertonement.com/clips/pjtvghdkbp–Sorry-I-don't-danceHarrison-Ford-Clear-and-Present-Danger-Jack-Ryan-Donald-Moffat-

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    1. Richard

      I knew if I didn’t do it all in one shot, I’d never do it all.

      That is a cool scene in Clear and Present Danger. Thanks for the link. Cool site. I can see a new text alert for my phone in there somewhere. ;-)

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  3. Margaret Reyes Dempsey

    Oh no! Michael Corleone dies???? Haven’t you ever heard of a SPOILER ALERT. You’ve ruined it for me. No need to watch them now. :-P

    Maybe I’m being overly sensitive, but I felt that “shut up” under Charlie’s Angels was directly spoken to me. ;-)

    Good post. If my swiss cheese head could remember 31 movies I’ve seen, I’d consider doing this one. Then again, I can probably fill up about 15 days with P&P BBC. Deal with it! :-D

    Oh, and one more thing…:-|

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  4. Dan

    Some great choices here Richard.

    I thought Saw II was okay, although they’re all the same movie repackaged with another number at the end of the their title.

    Withnail and I – yes, yes, yes! It never fails to make me laugh either and it’s such a great rewatchable, re-quotable film.

    You made me laugh with your choice for black and white film – totally fair choice but hasn’t a film prior to colour film stock taken your fancy over Goodnight and Good Luck?

    I loved Ratatouille and Once was good also. Shame on you for picking Charlies Angels as a guilty pleasure though! :)

    Jaws would also be my most-watched movie if I hadn’t seen Aliens a hundred times.

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    1. Richard

      I was wondering when someone would ask me that about Goodnight and Good Luck, lol! Yeah, I know it seems rather lame to choose a movie that was made in black and white by choice, but I was just so damn impressed by it. In my defence, it was a toss-up between that, The Haunting, and Nosferatu. So a couple of genuine black and whites did make it into the equation. ;-)

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  5. Danny King

    Agree with you on “Once.” I can’t say that I’ve seen many musicals, but it is far and away the best one I have watched. I think the fact that you’re “not sure if it qualifies as a musical” is one of the reasons I liked it so much – it’s grounded in reality, not the fantastical.

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    1. Richard

      Absolutely. And that’s the thing that usually puts me off musicals. When people start singing, I feel suddenly removed from the story. It seems too fantastical.

      Strange, really. I can totally buy into monsters, aliens, time-travel, ghosts and spaceships. But people bursting into song? Get outta here! ;-)

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  6. filmgeek

    Great list. Totally agreed on America’s Sweethearts (I loved Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack up until I saw that film), Good Night and Good Luck, Once, Spider Man, The Matrix, The Big Lebowski, Memento, The Joker and Million Dollar Baby

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  7. Peter Eramo Jr.

    Great stuff, Richard. I liked reading these Memes because I learn so much about people by reading this. I have not seen The Corporation yet, but certainly will at some point. Love Robin/Amanda…good choice. Once is certainly a musical, and a great one at that! Great choice with Corleone’s last scene…perfect end to his saga. Nicely done!!!

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